Every family has that creative an eccentric relative that stands out from the rest. Some may call them strange, while others prefer the term “quirky.”
I, however, happily give myself the title of “Cool Aunt” because my creativity will always be awesome.
Creativity isn’t for dreamers and layabouts–it’s for go-getters and self-starters.
You’d be lucky to have a kid as creative as me!
Now, I bet you’re saying to yourself, “Gee, Jo Anna… How do I encourage my kids’ creativity?”
There are so many ways to harness and encourage your kids to be creative. Creativity isn’t an easy discovery though. It develops over time and takes a ton of persistence.
Here are some great tips to show you how to start your kids’ creative explorations.
How To Encourage Kid’s Creativity
Take Them Places
The only way your kid is going to discover their creative medium of choice is by introducing them to the arts. Take them to a museum and make it a point to google the art and artists while you’re standing in front of their piece. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn.
You can even call the museum ahead of time and book a personalized tour. Museums provide so much more when you have professional guidance to lead the way.
Make it a point to take your kids to some performing arts. Grab some tickets to a Broadway show, or take them to see The Nut Cracker during the holiday season. Is theater not your thing? Look up music festivals that are family friendly, and make a weekend out of it.
The more you expose your kids to different art and artists, the more likely they are to make a connection with something or someone.
The first years of life are all about discovery, and when it comes to the arts—the possibilities are endless.
Listen To Them
When you take your kids to these various artistic events– pay attention to how they react to them.
Are they falling asleep during the ballet, but they’re really into the street performers on the subway? Your kids will tell you what’s boring and what isn’t. Lean into the activities that they enjoy so they can discover what it is about that particular art form that brings them joy.
Talk to your kids about the art. You’ll start to know what activities to sign them up for or what events they’d enjoy by having these conversations. Let your kids know that you’re going to be a person who will encourage any endeavor they want to try.
Share in the joy of experiencing something for the first time. Encourage them to follow through and stick it out. It will be fun for the both of you, and your kids will benefit from the support.
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Don’t be Selfish
Just because you wanted to be a professional ballet dancer when you were young doesn’t mean your kid wants to be one too.
Let your child discover themselves in art — even if it’s an art form you don’t understand. Put your ambitions aside and let your kids walk their creative path. Make sure you’re there to guide them safely but don’t hold them up to unrealistic expectations.
Your kids will be so much more creatively fulfilled if they are creating things for themselves, not for their parents’ approval.
Many child artists that were pushed by their parents find the pressure of success to overwhelming— and sometimes give up altogether.
That’s not a way to encourage your kids’ creativity.
We already touched on this briefly, but supporting your children in their artistic endeavors is a critical part of encouraging your kids’ creativity.
When they see you in the audience at their play or talking to their friends about your latest work– it gives them the strength to continue being an artist.
There are plenty of artists out there rebelling against their parents because they felt misunderstood and unsupported, but the truly successful artists out there have the support of their family.
This business is a cold one, and it’s nice to have comfort at home.
Be that support for your kids.
This is the MOST important tip I can give.
Every artist fails.
In fact, it’s part of the process. You have to teach your young artists that failure is okay. If your kid doesn’t get that part in the play–don’t call the director to complain. Tell your kid that being an actor means getting rejected.
Not only will this give your kid realistic expectations, but it will prepare them for the hardest part of being an artist.
Unless your family is rolling in dough, once your kid decides to be an artist they must be mentally prepared for failure.
Without failure, they’ll never learn to get back up, and they won’t grow as an artist. Make failure a learning opportunity. Sure, it’s okay to feel sad — but they’ve got to try again.
Make them try again.
Jo Anna Van Thuyne is an actor, comedian, and filmmaker. She’s excelled at various roles both in front of and behind the camera and after years of inspiration through education, Jo Anna wrote Mezza Morta as a culmination of all of the skills she has learned over the past decade. It is her directorial debut.
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